What came to mind immediately was the idiom “ring true”. I looked up its origin:
Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means “seem genuine,” allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [Mid-1800s]
The phrase ‘ring true’ takes on a lot of weight these days. Our media has worked overtime sensationalizing everything and simultaneously has avoided doing much factual investigation. I don’t know about you, but I feel as though I’m in a never-ending game of “Gossip”.
To anyone who is unfamiliar with the game of Gossip, it starts with a phrase whispered into a person’s ear then that person hastily whispers it to the next and so on around a ring of several people. By the time it reaches person #1 again, the phrase’s words and meaning are completely different. It’s comical as a game but tragically lacking as a source of reliable information.
Our media is a ‘for profit’ group of businesses that rely on getting the public’s attention. So, using flashy, salacious, material, and misleading headlines, works well for them, especially in our fast-paced (short attention span) American society. Clever a-moral people have discovered this lovely way to spread ideological propaganda AND make money. Worse than that, social media companies are “in” on it too by manipulating search engines and censoring sites who might ruin their hypnotic promotion of a single ideological message. I fear that a large number of people are becoming unwitting tools of a totalitarian movement. I also fear that our Constitutional Republic is in grave danger. Freedom of Speech and ‘thought diversity’ are the most essential elements of a free society. We’re losing them both at an alarming rate. Those who question mass media information as not “ringing true” are being cancelled, arrested, and destroyed (many are now labeled domestic terrorists!) while a comfortably numb public doesn’t even notice… most don’t care to know. Seeking comfort, a group belonging, and a sense of virtuous superiority, has replaced the need to be ethical, reasonable, and truth seeking. I know this sounds like a finger wagging rant and I suppose it is. Telling-it-like-it-is and pursuing Truth aren’t things I will watch die off without speaking my own mind.
Have a nice Saturday and please keep your ears, eyes, and minds open. Our country’s future needs your support. ❤
This is a great question. I’ve found that each of us bring our own mindsets into everything we do. No one is without pre-decided biases, but many seem to believe that they can operate ‘bias-free’. Those people are just lying to themselves. Like viewing art, people see what they see through their own hearts and minds. That’s fine. Appreciating quotes is the same for some. BUT… if the creator of a quote is well known that author’s meaning is easier to decipher. There’s an undeniable ‘flavor’ to the person’s intended meaning. If I am presenting a quote, who said it is the heaviest part. The author of any quote carries far more clout for me than the words dangling without context. I don’t care to ‘dream up’ meaning when there’s truth to be discovered. Like catchy headlines absorbed alone, there’s little truth or meaning without knowing what/who inspired them.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tip.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!
“That’s only the tip of the iceberg.” seems a pertinent saying these days. There’s so much truth in that. I find so many answers in nature. For me, it’s the most reliable source to explain all the complicated and over-complicated troubles we have. There’s quite often far more to every consideration than we can ‘see’. It seems, nowadays, that what we are seeing isn’t even real anymore. The propensity for lying has grown. I wonder if that’s just because liars have more visibility in our mass media? I hate to think people have grown less ethical overall. But I think there is one area where lying has become widespread. Lying to ourselves has become overwhelmingly acceptable. Like, who’s going to know? Why would that matter? Well, you’ll know deep down, or worse, you’ll get so comfortable with fooling yourself it will become second nature. I sound crazy, right? How would I know? Well, I don’t actually know. But following a stream of consciousness is an exploration not a diagnosis. There seems to be a lack of critical thought going on. Thinking things through is not only ‘hard’, but also time consuming. So, what has seemed to replace it are our feelings. Each are great. Neither are reliable on their own. If your priority is ‘the truth’, it seems wise to remember that. Feelings can be manipulated. I’d even venture to say, “the ‘nicer’ the person, the easier they can be fooled.”. There’s no shame in that. The tragedy begins when he/she doesn’t learn from being fooled. Feelings are great! They trigger our instincts. Instincts are our smoke alarms. Sometimes there’s a fire and sometimes the batteries need to be changed. Fools are the ones who don’t take the time to find out. Happy Saturday! Don’t take any wooden nickels friends.
Offering a stream of consciousness, is a way to ‘rope’ others into a small segment of our thought process. I can’t speak for anyone else but mine is wild and messy. Have you ever asked someone, “What are you thinking about?” and been told, “Nothing.”? I’d guess many times that’s a ballpark generic answer in an effort not to have to explain just like our inclination to answer the question “How are you?” with “Fine.”. But sometimes, I wonder if not having anything on your mind is truly possible? It isn’t for me but how would I know how the mind of others work. When I’m mowing my lawn, washing dishes, or listening to the radio, there’s always something on my mind. It may only be the appreciation for a favorite tune or what I’ll make for supper, but I never feel a ‘blank’. This leads me to ask if everyone experiences an ongoing internal dialog with themselves, especially on complex ideas. I do. Questioning myself is a big part of it too. I find this topic fascinating because it’s one of many things each of us can never know. Can anyone know if the taste in their own mouth is the exact same taste for another person? We know our favoring of tastes is different but experiencing the taste and what makes a person favor it or not, isn’t possible. That’s a cool concept but also frustrating for those who are hopelessly curious. Drawing this to a conclusion comes down to my personal realization of how infrequently ‘we humans’ can be certain of anything. We know our senses can fool us, we’ve become alarmingly aware that other humans we give the title of ‘expert’ can’t be sure, and our dear parents aren’t any more able to be unbiased or certain, than we. In no way does that mean that nothing is real or true. This is more of a warning to never stop revisiting those foundations before we assess other things, just like keeping an eye on the sturdiness of that stepladder you’re climbing. Truth comes tumbling down if you don’t or possibly, you’ll end up dangling in a misty ‘nowhere’ land of self-serving definitions and facts. (Hint: Just because a large number of people say they know ‘the truth’ doesn’t mean that they do. You need to pursue it for yourself.) Thinking critically, and constantly challenging our own conclusions, seems all we can do in order to pursue truth and stay intellectually honest and open-minded. Have a great weekend and keep thinking!
I'm nobody! who are you? Are you nobody too, then there's a pair of us. Don't tell! they'd advertise you know. How dreary-to be somebody. How public-like a frog. To tell one's name-the livelong June, to an admiring bog. Poem by Emily Dickinson.